Editors' note: This post was updated June 12, 2013, with the new 2013 MacBook Airs.
For the first time in 2013, Apple has introduced new MacBooks -- but for now, they're just Airs.
Both the 13- and 11-inch MacBook Air are refreshed with new fourth-generation Intel "Haswell" Core i5 and i7 processors and faster 802.11ac Wi-Fi. The chassis and features of the Airs remain unchanged from the past few generations, but the improvement in battery life is significant -- having tested them, we can now verify Apple's claim of all-day battery life.
However, Apple's other MacBooks remain unchanged from their late 2012 iterations -- for now. The MacBook Pros -- both the non-Retina and Retina models -- retain the same processors and specs as before.
It's all a bit confusing, to be sure. But the bottom line is this: the 11-inch and 13-inch Airs are now far better values than ever before, and excellent overall laptops for anyone who doesn't need or want Windows (or a touch-screen display). However, we'd advise those who need the higher resolution of a Retina display or the increased graphics power of the Pro line to hold out for a few more months, if possible. It's likely (but not definite) that the Pros will be updated before the end of the year.
Looking for more detail? Check out the full line of current MacBooks below.
Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, June 2013)
This year's MacBook Air once again opts for gradual improvements and a lowered price over last year, the key differences being updated Intel processors which promised "all day" battery life. Indeed, in our tests, the battery exceeded Apple's 12-hour claim.
Read the full review of the new 13-inch MacBook Air.
Apple MacBook Air (11-inch, June 2013)
The new 11-inch MacBook Air has literally the same processors as the 13-inch Air, despite its smaller size, and the $999 version now has a 128GB SSD, double last year's storage. Again, here, battery life is the standout: Apple claims nine hours per charge, and we got closer to 10 in our tests.
Read the full review of the new 11-inch MacBook Air.
Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display (13-inch, October 2012)
By adding a high-res Retina Display to the 13-inch MacBook Pro, Apple has taken the odd man out of its MacBook line -- the previous 13-inch Pro -- and turned it into a sleek, modern laptop. Alas, the Retina MacBooks are 2012 models that haven't yet been upgraded to fourth-gen Intel "Haswell" processors. And unlike the 15-inch Retina Pro, the 13-incher doesn't have a dedicated Nvidia graphics option.
Read the full review of the Retina Display 13-inch MacBook Pro.
Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display (15-inch, October 2012)
The MacBook Pro with Retina Display combined an amazing screen with just enough of the MacBook Air design to feel like a new animal -- at least, that was the case in 2012. However, like the 13-inch Retina Pro, the current version hasn't yet been updated for 2013.
Read the full review of the Retina Display 15-inch MacBook Pro.
Apple MacBook Pro (15-inch, June 2012)
The non-Retina MacBook Pros remained in the line for 2012, and they're still available now. But as Apple's only models to retain optical drives, we get the feeling these won't be around for long -- and may not even be upgraded for 2013. Time will tell.
Read the full review of the 15-inch MacBook Pro.
Apple MacBook Pro (13-inch, June 2012)
While the 13-inch MacBook Pro remains a well-built laptop, it's fallen behind the MacBook Air and Retina Display MacBook Pro in design, lacks higher-end upgrades, and feels too expensive compared with the competition. Like its 15-inch sibling, it'll be interesting to see if this model is upgraded or retired in 2013.
Read the full review of the 13-inch MacBook Pro.